HIGH Flying Tsholotsho FC faces another test of character on Sunday when they take on Bulawayo giants Highlanders at Barbourfields Stadium hoping to add their more illustrious opponents to their list of casualties.
Tsholotsho, a team based in a rural set up, started their life in the topflight league predictably as huge underdogs.
But last Friday, they displayed an astonishing performance to see off expensively assembled Harare City 1-0 with midfielder Simbarashe Gorogodyo scoring the priceless goal that decided the contest.
It was a display that left Harare City coach, Taurai Mangwiro, perplexed as his team was floored in a season opener at Rufaro.
Now Tsholotsho coach Lizwe Sweswe embarks on another trip to Barbourfields hoping to dispatch Highlanders who are battered and bruised following a shock 2-0 defeat to ZPC Kariba in Harare in their opening match of the season.
The Tsholotsho FC gaffer however remains modest even in his moment of triumph.
“We are still underdogs. But we are confident we can beat (Highlanders) at Barbourfields. We remain focused on the match and are simply going to play our normal game.
“The victory over Harare City has given us confidence,” says Sweswe.
The Tsholotsho outfit’s home ground is still under construction. They welcome back rising midfielder Gerald Takwana who missed the victory over Harare City as he was playing for the Young Warriors whom he helped overcome Cameroon at Rufaro in an All-Africa Games qualifier.
Elsewhere, Harare City still smarting from defeat against Tsholotsho, host Chicken Inn at Rufaro on Saturday hoping to right the wrongs in their season opener.
Taurai Mangwiro’s men are touted as favourites in this title race and will be looking to convince the doubting Thomas’s that the defeat was just but accidental.
Defending champions Dynamos travel to Ascot to face bogey side Chapungu hoping to maintain their form which saw them dismantling army side Buffaloes 3-0 last weekend.
City rivals Caps United have, perhaps, their biggest test so far as they host Norman Mapeza’s FC Platinum at the National Sports Stadium hoping to secure another victory after dismissing newcomers Whawha in their last match.
Saturday: Harare City v Chicken Inn FC (Rufaro), Flame Lily v Whawha (Gwanzura), Chapungu vDynamos (Ascot), Buffaloes v Triangle (Vengere)Advertisement
Sunday: Dongo Sawmill v How Mine (Vengere), Caps United vs FC Platinum (NSS), Tsholotsho FC v Highlanders (Barbourfields), Hwange v ZPC Kariba (Colliery)